What is WIOA?

WIOA is a federally funded program that prepares eligible individuals for entry or re-entry into the workforce through retraining and education. The program seeks to increase the employment and retention earnings of participants and as a result increase the quality of the workforce, reduce unemployment and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the customer.

Who do we serve?

In-school and out-of-school youth, adults and dislocated workers who live in or have been separated from their jobs in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties could be eligible for WIOA assistance through WorkSource Northwest Georgia.

Am I entitled to WIOA funding?

WIOA is not an entitlement program. The Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 161; 8/19/2016 Rules & Regulations states: “WIOA is not an entitlement program. Determinations for training are made consistent with the law, including WIOA sec. 134(c)(3)(A), State and local policies, funding availability, and other appropriate considerations.”

Once I submit my application, how long before I can begin my training?

After you are determined eligible and suitable for a WIOA Training Account and completed all required paperwork and tests, every effort is made to help you begin as soon as possible. Note: Technical College and University system classes are scheduled by semester. Application deadlines are many weeks earlier than actual class start dates.

Can I attend any school or training program I wish, and will WIOA pay for any training I wish to take?

Please refer to the list of Northwest Georgia’s approved Training and Occupational programs at www.workreadyga.org. The school and the training program must be on the Georgia Statewide Eligible Provider list and must be approved by the local workforce board. Training providers and programs are determined eligible based on the Northwest Georgia Job Outlook and Demand Occupations. There are also limits on the amount of funding available for training.

If I don’t know what kind of career or training I am interested in pursuing, can I get help in making my decision?

Yes. Your WIOA Career Advisor can provide you with information that will assist you in making an informed decision. However, it is up to you to research training schools and select the school/course that would be best for you.

Will WIOA pay for prerequisite and/or developmental courses?

No. WIOA does not pay for prerequisite and developmental classes.

How long can my training last?

Programs should not exceed 104 weeks (two years). Exceptions to this may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Can I continue to receive unemployment insurance while in training?

Yes. As a dislocated worker, you will be given a special claimant trainee status while you’re in an approved training program. This means that you may continue to draw unemployment insurance while you are in full-time training (full-time as defined by the school). Note: You may exhaust unemployment insurance before you finish training if you select a training program longer than your employment benefits are scheduled to last.

Am I eligible to receive Trade benefits for Training?

Trade Adjustment Training assistance is handled through the local Georgia Department of Labor Career Centers. You can contact your local Career Center (located under Adult Services) to find out more information.

Will I have to apply for a loan to supplement WIOA?

You will be required to apply for PELL and HOPE Grants. WIOA discourages participants from taking out loans.

I am already attending school. Will WIOA pay my tuition retroactively?

No. Unfortunately WIOA will only pay for training that begins after you have been approved.

Do I need permission to change classes or programs?

Yes. Keep in mind WIOA only assists with one (1) program of study. Your choice is documented at the time of intake/application, and in the Enrollment Agreement.

What happens if I need to drop out of school?

Participants are required to communicate any and all curriculum changes, or personal situations that may impact their program completion with their Career Adviser. Concerns of this nature are handled on a case-by-case basis. Northwest Georgia funding may not be approved in future applications.

Once I finish my training, what are my responsibilities to WIOA?

We would like for you to stay in communication with us until you secure employment and we offer our services to help you. Once you start your new job, your WIOA Career Advisor will request some employment information for our records.